The Bungle Bungles are a relative recent tourist discovery. The good thing about that is the tourism exploitation factor has been prevented. The only way to visit on foot, is via a long four wheel drive and tightly controlled walk/camping areas. A very different scenario when compared to the early tourist regime at Ayres Rock.
The distinctive beehive-shaped towers are made up of sandstones and conglomerates (rocks composed mainly of pebbles and boulders and cemented together by finer material). These sedimentary formations were deposited into the Ord Basin 375 to 350 million years ago, when active faults were altering the landscape. The combined effects of wind from the Tanami Desert and rainfall over millions of years shaped the domes.
A 7 km diameter circular topographic feature is clearly visible on satellite images of the Bungle Bungle Range (Google Maps image).
We initially intended to fly over from Turtle Creek (the closest air tourism operator), but overnight heavy rain closed the air strip.
We opted for the Halls Creek trip given the clear weather had prevailed.
Here is a collection of photos from our fly over at 3 30 pm. The colours are soft and we were lucky we had sunlight coinciding with our arrival at Bungles.
Expensive as it is, from the air you really do get the picture.
Given the very early sunsets (5.30 pm), try and have your flight concluded by 3.30 at the latest.